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Kaleidoscope of national costumes at Miss Universe pageant as Miss France, 24-year-old Iris Mittenaere is crowned winner of 2017 edition

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Viewers are treated to a fest of  national costumes at the 2017 edition of the Miss Universe pageant on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines
Miss France, 24-year-old Iris Mittenaere beat Miss Haiti [Raquel Pelissier] and Miss Colombia [Andrea Tovar], First and second runner-ups to clinch Miss Universe title
Miss France, Iris Mittenaere1.pngMiss France Iris Mittenaere was crowned Miss Universe 2017
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Miss Universe 2017 – Miss France,  Iris Mittenaere in national costume

Philosophical, yet resplendent in her gold-sequined gown,, 24-year-old dental surgery student Iris Mittenaere beat 12 other finalists to take the crown at the 2017 edition of the Miss Universe Pageant. As Miss Universe, she will be campaigning for dental and oral care around the world.
“This sash is not only a sash,” said Mittenaere, who is from Northern France, in a Miss Universe interview after the pageant. “This is something to help people, to understand people.”
Iris Mittenaere beat Miss Haiti [Raquel Pelissier] and Miss Colombia [Andrea Tovar] to clinch Miss Universe title

Miss Universe 2017 - Miss France,  Iris Mittenaere and 1st runner-up Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier1.jpgMiss Universe 2017 – Miss France, Iris Mittenaere [right] and 1st runner-up Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier [left]
Jenny Kenny, Miss South Korea1.jpgJenny Kim, Miss South Korea in her national costume
Keity Drenan of Panama1.jpgKeity Drenan of Panama in national costume
Zari Nakzawa of Japan1.jpgZari Nakzawa of Japan

The top finalists representing Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Colombia, Philippines, Canada, Brazil, France, Haiti, Thailand and the U.S. displayed a colorful range and imaginative, if sometimes extravagant outfits.
They contestants in the Miss Universe pageant, meant to showcased a puzzling array of outfits, micro expose′s of national cultures, best left to the interpretation of the viewers.

Deshauna Barber of the United States1.jpgDeshauna Barber of the United States
Li ZhenYing from China1.jpgLi ZhenYing,  Miss China was quite elegant in her outfit

For this year’s preliminary event, Miss Sweden Ida Ovmar portrayed a sexy milkmaid with Pippi Longstocking, the childrens fairytale character, created by the late Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, who has a knack for hoisting horses above her head.

Noelia Feire of Spain1.jpgNoelia Feire of Spain
Brenda Jimenez of Puerto Rico1.jpgBrenda Jimenez of Puerto Rico – strutting peacock

Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun made her costume appearance  as a complete puppet show come-to-life, with a wide stage and haunting greenery. Rather than strutting down the runway, she plopped down, opened up her curtains and performed a traditional Burmese dance that looked like a version of the “the robot,” with a puppeteer pulling the invisible strings.
Miss Vietnam, He Lang, was vision of a peasant fisherman emerging from a forest of oblong baskets

Miss Vietnam, he Lang1.jpgMiss Vietnam, He Lang
ida-ovmar-of-sweden1Ida Ovmar,  Miss Sweden. The milk maid character hoists her horse above her head
Htet Htet Htun of Myanmar1.jpgHtet Htet Htun of Myanmar and her mobile puppet show
Johanna Acs of Germany1.jpgJohanna Acs of Germany wore a replica of a castle as a headdress
Miss Germany, Johanna Acs wore a rather unique headdress in contrast to the turbans, hats and headdresses worn by other contestants Ms Acs was saddled with a miniature Neuschwanstein Castle, the pad where the “Ring” cycle composer RIchard Wagner once lived.
Miss Dominican Republic Sal Garcia, meanwhile, looked like a tropical Technicolor version of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Flocking gorgeous!
Andrea Tovar of Colombia1.jpg2nd Runner-up Andrea Tovar of Colombia in national coutume
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Rebecca Kathleen Rath from Belize 
Kezia Warouw of Indonesia1.jpgKezia Warouw of Indonesia
miss-universe-2017-contestants1Miss Universe 2017, contestants appear in swimsuit  
miss-universe-2017-contestants2Miss Universe 2017 contestants strut the stage  in ball gowns
The pageant changed its format this year; it had 12 instead of 13 finalists, and counted online votes from the Miss Universe app and Twitter.
The contest also welcomed some first-time entrants like Sierra Leone represented by Hawa Kamara, 2013 Miss West Africa. Miss Canada, Siera Bearchell, also made headlines for taking on trolls who body-shamed her for her size.
Hawa Kamara, Miss Sierra Leone1.pngHawa Kamara made history as the first woman from Sierra Leone to compete in Miss Universe
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Miss Canada, Siera Bearchell used social media as a platform to take on body shamers who attacked her size, to encourage body diversity
The annual pageant was held on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Host Steve Harvey joked on the show that he got the winner right this year, after last year’s snafu of getting it wrong. Rapper Flo Rida and R&B group Boys II Men provided entertainment.









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